*A double award-winning historical romance*
An irrepressible duke, a bookish spinster, a devious murderer … Regency house parties have never been so hazardous!
Oliver Dasenby is the most infuriating man Primrose Garland has ever known. He may be her brother's best friend, but he has an atrocious sense of humor. Eight years in the cavalry hasn't taught him solemnity, nor has the unexpected inheritance of a dukedom.
But when Oliver inherited his dukedom, it appears that he also inherited a murderer.
Oliver might be dreadfully annoying, but Primrose doesn't want him dead. She's going to make certain he survives his inheritance—and the only way to do that is to help him catch the murderer!
"I read straight through the night. I kept telling myself that I needed to put it down and get some sleep, but it was so interesting and exciting that I just had to see what happened next. Finally, at 7 AM, I read the last word and thought 'Wow, just wow.'"
~ Barbara @ NetGalley
Length: Full-length novel of 85,000 words
Sensuality level: A Regency romance with steamy love scenes
*Winner of the 2019 Romance Writers of New Zealand Long Romance of the Year Award*
*Winner of the 2019 Romance Writers of New Zealand Best Overall Romance of the Year Award*
"I read it in one sitting. I also rolled my eyes and laughed until I snorted in an unladylike manner."
~ Judith @ Goodreads
Q & A with the author
How would you describe this series?
It's Regency England with passion, danger, adventure, humor, romance--and a dash of magic. The stories are emotional, but not sweet. There's sex, and my heroes do swear at times!
Hang on. Did you say magic?
I did. But don't worry--the books are first and foremost historical romances. Only a few characters have magic, and it's a deep, dark secret, and no one else knows.
But ... do magic and Regency England go together?
Definitely! Many years ago I read Sorcery and Cecelia (or The Enchanted Chocolate Pot) by Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer, and totally loved it and ever since then I've thought that Regency England and magic go very well together.
How would you describe your writing?
Several reviewers have likened my writing to Georgette Heyer, which is the hugest compliment ever. I adore Georgette Heyer! She's why I write historical romance, and I reread her books over and over. (If you've not read The Grand Sophy, please do so!) I've also had readers compare my writing to Courtney Milan and Mary Balogh, which are also massive compliments.
Who would like this series?
This series will appeal to readers who enjoy the historical backdrop and humor of Georgette Heyer, the sensual 'noir' feel of Anna Campbell, the emotion of Mary Balogh or Courtney Milan, and the magic of Patricia Rice and Mary Robinette Kowal. Quite a broad range, really!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this story. The characters were well developed and the surrounding history accurate. I a new fan of this author and am going to go back and read the whole series. Even light reading should be well written and I really enjoy this writer's style.
I've read all of Emily Larkin's Fairy Godmother series and enjoyed every one. I'm re-reading all of them now, they are that good. Well-drawn characters (Icarus Reid stands out), well-matched hero and heroine (very fond of Charlotte et al from Unmasking Miss Appleby), and well-played magical gifts from a sly, malicious fairy. This latest book adds a threat of mayhem and murder to a very satisfying romance.
This story had a great little twist to it for me, in that it is a historical romance, but with some real magic thrown in. It was my first book by Emily Larkin and I loved it. It is a great story of how the love of friends can turn into so much more. Yes there is also mystery, laughter, and like I said magic, but most of all it is the story of how Primrose and Oliver learn that childhood friends can be so much more to each other. I would recommend this book to others, and would love to read more from Emily Larkin.
Oh my gosh! This was one of the most enjoyable, smiling until my cheeks hurt, reads I’ve had in a long while. Upon his return from India, Oliver takes his new place as duke and makes a game out of all the young misses that throw themselves at him for his title. The only woman who doesn’t take him seriously or inflates his ego is his childhood friend Primrose. When it becomes apparent that someone is trying to kill him, Prim and her brother step in to help him find who the villain is as well as who it is not. Along the way, Oliver quickly realizes that what he feels for Prim is much more than that of friends. I absolutely loved this story! Oliver was just too dang cute! He had such a wonderful sense of humor and the author kept it completely appropriate to the era. He kept Prim on her toes and she did the same for him. Their banter was perfection and the romantic development between them was very natural. Prim was bookish and a bit nerdy as well as feisty and sweet. I loved how she was able to challenge Oliver and bring him to heel, calling him out when necessary. I was completely enthralled with both this heroine and hero and couldn’t get enough of them. There is definitely a villain, a couple actually, causing drama and mayhem to erupt throughout the story. The fact that I was grinning like a loon one minute and then gasping and wide eyed the next made me love this book even more than the characters alone. This is a fast paced read that never bogged down. The secondary characters were exactly what was needed, always adding to the story instead of acting as filler. While the steam level is a bit low, considering the era, this couple were definitely pushing the boundaries. They don’t find complete fulfillment until the end, but I can honestly say I didn’t miss it at all. There were lots of hot kisses to tide me over as well as the mystery they are trying to solve. It ends with a nice little epilogue that highlighted how wonderful this couple really are although it was too short. But then again, I’m not sure I would ever get enough of them. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book provided by NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Magical, delightful, loved every page!! There are so many wonderful things I can say about this book, but it would not do it justice. You just need to read it to see what I mean!! The author kept me enchanted by her imagination and humorous writing with characters that where lovable and witty. This is the second book I have read within the Baleful Godmother sphere and cannot wait to read every one of them!! Oliver Dasenby is back from the war and has inherited his title of duke due to the unexpected deaths in his family. But he begins to suspect somebody is trying to kill him and not sure why! He is a very easy going humorous jokestor who has the single ladies of the season after him for the parson's trap! Lady Primrose Garland is sister to Rhodes, Oliver's best friend and has grown up knowing him. At twenty eight, bookish and highly intelligent, she has always thought Oliver a fribble and they have always teased each other. Gifted with a special talent by her faerie godmother, she has not thought to marry but when Oliver comes back into the picture, things begin to change. Mystery, suspense and a lovely cat and mouse game occurs when they are all at a house party and strange things start happening. Oliver is definitely in danger but who could it be? "Settle on the type of person you wish to be and stick with it, whether alone or in company." One of the many great quotes in this book. Loved it!!!! Lori Dykes
I absolutely adored this book. Prim and Oliver have been frenemies since they were children. They ran into each other frequently as Oliver was best friends with Prim's brother, Rhodes. They constantly throw insults at each other. Oliver just inherited a title and several estates and many women are wanting to marry him. Some of them are willing to do just about anything to get rid of the competition. Suddenly, accidents are happening to him, someone wants him dead. But why? Rhodes and Prim plan to help him find out who wants to hurt him. They go to a house party and find out so many things. Does Oliver's uncle want to kill him or is it his cousin? Maybe one of the women whose feelings he has been playing with? Can Prim and Oliver put their differences behind them and admit to the attraction between them? And Prim has a secret. I loved the secrets and magic. It is a mix of a mystery, thriller and romance all rolled into one. I received this book from Net Galley for a honest review and no compensation otherwise.
The former Captain Oliver Dasenby has recently inherited a dukedom. Is is just coincidence that three recent deaths have elevated him to a duke or is it suspicious. Primrose Garland, a childhood friend finds him just as irritating now as then. But he is the best friend to her brother. Both are concerned for his wellbeing. The story is a mixture of romance, mystery and the paranormal (faerie godmother). As I would expect, a delightful read, well-written with some very likeable characters. Such an easy to read book (a good point). I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.